Thames, Waikato Region NZ
Having recently retired 46 years in pastoral parish ministry, Graham took 16 months out of paid employment in the UK working part time (20% paid for free housing) in Kent (Thanet) from July 2017 to October 2018. Now back in NZ he’s working as transitional minister at Buckland’s Beach Cooperating Parish South East Auckland.
An educator by preference, Graham was the first Ministry Developer/Enabler in Local Shared Ministry in the Auckland Anglican Diocese. Between 1995 and 2000 he helped establish the Coromandel LSMUs while still holding the role of archdeacon in Hunua.
Even as archdeacon his primary role was in support and enabling professional development amongst the lay and ordained ministers of the largely rural archdeaconry. He was a member of the General Synod Stipends and Allowances Commission that worked on a ‘pastoral’ form of Ministry Review that helped ministers find and work on areas of development need as pastoral ministers.
So professional self-evaluation, especially as it comes in the shared relationship of CAIRA-type supervision, allows the minister/leader to be in control alongside the supervisor in personal development that enhances ministry engagement.
Graham first trained in supervision through the old Marriage Guidance movement when he was helping set up an MG office on the Coromandel Peninsula. His supervision training focussed on working with MG educators. CAIRA training in the early part of this century built on that training and he has become a ‘trainer’ of supervisors and the Auckland representative of CAIRA’s National Advisory Group which has been responsible for creating a curriculum for trainers to use and then revising that professional curriculum and enhancing the resources to suit CAIRA’s distinctive developing style.
Returning to Thames in October 2017 Graham expects to resume some part-time training ministry and to continue a role in CAIRA’s National body along with providing a supervision training and supportive practice in the North Waikato region. No doubt, with a current licence, he will be offering supervision to lay and ordained ministers in the Diocese of Canterbury UK.
Graham Colley, Anglican priest
Thames (Waikato Region)
Ph: 07 8688919